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Trent Cooper of the powerful mega corporation Mundrose Entertainment has one message for the American people---hope is dead! But when God brings five very different strangers together, they risk their health, wealth, and future to follow his will. Can they find the strength to endure the media frenzy and help heal the nation's scars?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: River North
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0802411681
ISBN-13: 9780802411686
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The message was unexpected but instantly recognizable. 

A voice resonated from a distance and somehow from within.  Against all earthly logic, it carried a divine command.  And five very different people knew they were summoned to obey.

Their actions were demanding, but not particularly grand.  Only later would they see a pattern emerge - one that links their tasks together and comes to challenge the cultural direction of the nation.  They realize that one small personal response unveiled a new realm of moral responsibility.  And this affirmation of everyday hope captures the attention of millions.

But power and money are at stake.  Malicious elements soon align themselves to counter the trend.  To succeed they must also undermine its source.  Can we really believe that God speaks to people today?  Surely this must be dismissed as superstition or delusion.  These well-intentioned but misguided individuals should not be allowed to cast our society back into the Dark Ages.

The public debate and media frenzy place an unprecedented spotlight on knowing and doing God's will.  The five encounter threats, but try to remain steadfast in their faith.  Had God indeed imparted wisdom on selected individuals?  Is this sweep of events part of his divine purpose? 

The movement may herald a profound renewal - one that some are calling The Turning...

Author Bio

T. DAVIS BUNN, a native of North Carolina, has lived in Europe for thirty-five years. Davis' academic background includes degrees in psychology and economics from Wake Forest University and a master's degree in finance from the City University of London. Fluent in three languages, he has travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Davis enjoys a particularly strong following in the inspirational market, often ranking on the Christian Booksellers' Association bestseller lists. He has collaborated with Janette Oke, one of the leading names in Christian publishing, on a series of novels. Davis is a New York Times Bestselling author and has garnered a number of industry honors, including three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction.Davis teaches in the Creative Writing Programme at the University of Oxford, where he holds an appointment as a Core Lecturer in the subject of fiction. He splits his time between Oxford and Florida with his wife Isabella.

Editorial Reviews

"Bunn has created a stunning, multilayered tale of power and, ultimately, hope." - Publishers Weekly, 2/21/14

"Bunn is no stranger to bestsellers (Strait of Hormuz, Lion of Babylon), and his fans no strangers to taut tales of suspense and intrigue. This time Bunn pits a small group of Christians against one of the world's most powerful media giants. Trent Cooper, a low-level advertising exec, sees his big chance when he proposes uniting Global Communications' divisions in an effort to "create the most powerful cultural force on Earth." His theme? "Hope Is Dead." Five religious believers, each one called by God and unknown to the others, have gathered in a New York hotel lobby, where they witness the "Hope Is Dead" media event. They, with friends and family, gather at the headquarters of Barrett Ministries to develop and launch their own media campaign-one that offers hope in God and rallies believers worldwide. A small band of believers vs. a powerful media conglomerate: Bunn has created a stunning, multilayered tale of power and, ultimately, hope." - Publishers Weekly, 2/21/14

"Once I started reading The Turning, I was hooked.  I don't think I have ever read a book this quickly and didn't want it to end." - Jamie Tomkins,  Tiger Strypes Blog,

"This is a five-star, thought-provoking read. I was so impressed with the book, I gave it to my husband to read. He came to me later and said, "This book you gave me? I don't like it." I looked at him quizzically. He smiled, "I LOVE it!" You, too, will love the book and you'll read and re-read it. Davis Bunn has done it again!" -Deb Haggerty,, April 10, 2014

"I absolutely loved "The Turning". It has a great message about Hope and how we as Christians can make a change in the world when we are willing to listen to the still small voice of God even when it requires us to do things that are uncomfortable. The novel also had a great story line and very likeable characters. Though it started off a little slow, I soon struggled to put it down as with each twist and turn I couldn't wait to see what would happen next! I also liked how the book was divided into sections indicating days "Day One", "Day Two", etc. and the entire story becomes more amazing when you realize the course of events all took place in only 12 days. I would highly recommend adding "The Turning" to your Summer reading list!" -Keisha Hanvy,, June 18, 2014

"I found this book powerful and profound. The answer to the What if? question is that God calls us all  to battle the forces of evil in the world all the time. The idea that God can speak to different people and bring them to one area to serve as his warriors in spiritual warfare is compelling. God can absolutely bring this about. I was reminded of Lifeway's Experiencing God and MasterLife materials. These thoughts made me wonder if River North/Moody had a new discipleship book coming out on hearing God's voice.

The Turning is a novel, therefore fiction. Can God work in just this way to achieve His plan? Of course, He can! In fact, He can do it without our help, but He chooses to use broken vessels that only He can repair. He sees past our imperfections to create His perfect tools in a fallen world. Those truths are not fiction!

I read The Turning on a transatlantic flight to Ireland. It brought me hope that God's people can still hear His voice and be part of His plan to combat evil. I couldn't put it down until I knew the outcome of the final battle."
-Diane Tatum, June 20, 2014,

Of all the Davis Bunn books that I have read, this is the one that most reminds me of an intense TV drama. The scenes change rapidly and make it where you can't help but turn the page to see what is coming next. Davis has taken the historic theme of good vs. evil and brought it into the modern digital age. His use of all forms of social media and current trends brings to the story a form of reality that is scary. You can't help but see how our world is racing towards this lack of hope. But as with all of his novels, he also provides the answer to the despair that the story encompasses. The answer is hope. Hope in the One that can set you free. -Brandi Fitzpatrick, June 20, 2014,

I have to admit, when I was contacted about reviewing Davis Bunn's The Turning, I had to think long and hard. Based on the description, I wasn't sure what to expect. I just knew it wasn't my typical read. However, it only took a few pages to draw me in.

Most of the excitement in the book came from Trent and the evil surrounding him, and he was my favorite character. I think it was because there are various POV characters on the "good" side and only him on the "bad" side, so we get to know him a little better. He's smart, bold, and bitter. He's also conflicted. At one point, he's faced with the opportunity to change, and I was pulling hard for him to see the proper path. But I won't give any more away there.

The downside of the book, to me, was the climax. I felt the last twenty pages could have been stronger-more of a physical and emotional bang. 

Perhaps the tension is greatest in the premise, the encouragement for the reader to think, to ask themselves questions. What would I do if I heard God's call to travel an unfamiliar road, to leave my comfort zone, to take on a secular culture? Would I obey? Do I have the confidence that "God does not call the equipped. He equips the called."? When was the last time I prayed for my enemies? Do I have the strength to stand for what I believe in? Do I still believe in the hope of the gospel?

We're living in a world that is quickly changing and challenging us to be that beacon of hope. That's the inspiration of the book. Simply for the questions it raises, I highly recommend The Turning.
-Sandra Ardoin, June 24, 2014,

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  1. Racine, WI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Challenge to Our Conscience
    October 31, 2014
    Racine, WI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Todays media frenzies, constant headlines meant to shock, and end-times turbulence in weather, wars, politics and finance reveals daily unlikely roads for believers, churches, America and the world. Davis Bunn gives us glimpses into minds that pour out such darkness, but also reveals how God still speaks to His followers today.

    The Turning, a could-happen-tomorrow story, is a challenge to our conscience, and a call for self-examination. Do we live with the eternal perspective and worldview of these characters? Do we listen for Gods call and if directed, would we take the turn unquestioningly, or do we tend to wrestle with such a concept?

    Perhaps you have already had some turnings in your life. Have you been marked by unexplainable coincidences that have turned you toward God? If so, you will relate to the characters in this story, and will eagerly anticipate what is coming next for the five who took the turning and face Trent Cooper and Gayle Sayers - and all the money and power behind them.

    It is a page-turner that could have been pulled from the headlines. It left me watching for the sequel, hoping there will be a movie, and wondering if I would be willing to count the cost and take a turning.

    I received a complimentary book to enable an honest review.
  2. Laguna Niguel, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Turning
    October 3, 2014
    Laguna Niguel, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the best novel I've read in quite a while. It gives a behind the scenes look at how the Holy Spirit works amongst us to fulfill God' plans. I highly recommend it!!
  3. Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Makes you really think!
    June 29, 2014
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    How many times have you doubted that your life had a purpose? Or that God could speak to you individually? The Turning by Davis Bunn will open your heart and mind to all sorts of possibilities. This book starts with five strangers in different places throughout the United States who all hear a word from God. He instructs them to do the impossible. Impossible without His help, that is. Once they've gathered the courage to complete the task, which involves taking the unlikely turn in the road and either forgiving or asking forgiveness, then the next leg of their journey is put before them. The strangers come together by a divine act from God and have to figure out their purpose as it unfolds. They mission is to bring hope to a world that thinks all hope is dead. How can these people do such an unlikely thing? By continuing to take "The Turning" as God directs them. Davis Bunn is a wonderful writer who knows how to string together a story that's complex yet understandable. He makes you ask yourself what your purpose is and whether or not there's something in your life that's causing you to miss out of your full calling. Don't miss out on this story and how the five main characters accomplish their calling.
  4. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 29, 2014
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What an extremely interesting novel that reflects the society in which we live in today at least in some fashion! I found myself absolutely engrossed in the idea put forth throughout the book about really listening for God's voice and then obeying it no matter the cost. Each of the five main characters who had sensed God leading them to do something felt the fear of failing or appearing as a fool who says they heard God speak to the heart.

    The seven people eventually meet together sensing God's leading them though not revealing to them every minute detail of His plan. Their various backgrounds, stories and ethnicities are as vast as the ocean and only God could bring together such people for His work. The man who leads the team is John Jacobs, a man who is a manager for a company making sure all the product is received on time and the truckers problems are handled forthwith. These people, who at first have no idea what task, will be call for them to do, listen for God's voice and obey and when they hear it.

    That is just the tip of the iceberg of who God has called and why, but through each step the team has private prayer time and community prayer time. As the group learns to listen for His voice through their Bible and Prayer times, they become more united in taking the turning. On the other side of the proverbial coin is a man who will go to any lengths to accomplish his dream of success, doing whatever it takes to enter the inner sanctum where few are allowed to enter. The man's name is Trent an underling in the Mundrose Empire whose vast holdings and money can make even the impossible a reality, simply with a word.

    Trent Cooper has an idea that instead of following a trend the corporation now begins to set a trend, and Trent has all the pieces in place to sell his idea. When the CEO Barry Mundrose approves of the idea, literally time has no meaning and everybody must work together to pull the biggest trendsetting idea ever: Hope is Dead.

    A challenge is what I came away with along with encouragement, as well as taking time to listen to what God is saying to me. Society as a whole has no problem finding a way to entertain or take their mind off of a day's trials. We can flick a switch and listen to a movie, news, sports and even books others read as we listen while perhaps not paying much attention. The author wrote a story that reminds us that we need to listen for God and the only way we can do that is to turn off everything else. Where and how can you make time to listen quietly for God's voice?
  5. Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 22, 2014
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Is it plausible to discern the voice of God in the cacophony of the 21st century? In Davis Bunn's most recent novel five people of diverse ethnicities and various walks of life are seized by the presence of God. His message? "Take the turning and walk the unlikely road." Their calling leads them to New York City Times Square where a shocking message screams, "Hope is Dead!"

    Power hungry and greedy for wealth and control, the Mundrose Group yields its power through all forms of media bombardment to influence and control the minds of young adults. Their diabolical message that hope is dead conveys the shock value to produce millions of curious minds to respond. Success at all cost, with no conscience for the damage it could inflict on young minds, is paramount to the influential company and its powerful schemes.

    The ever present conflict between good and evil once again rears its ugly head as the chosen five respond to the challenge delivered. This presentation is not only authentic, but representative of the corruption that exists in our society. The author has created realistic personalities that fit the molds of the divergent belief systems present in current generations.

    Davis Bunn has developed a compelling and tenacious story that will challenge your beliefs and convictions. Inspiring and compelling, The Turning is a captivating and thought provoking novel. Written with an intensity that is absorbing, it is difficult to set the book aside. I highly recommend this inspirational novel and the devotional that accompanies it. The link for the devotional is listed above.

    Disclaimer: I received copies of this book from River North after their request for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
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